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Saint Pacianus – A bishop with wife and child

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Saint Pacianus in the façade of the bishop’s palace in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) – via Wikipedia

St. Pacianus (or St. Pacian) was the 4th-century Christian bishop of Barcelona. He is considered a “Father of the Church” and was canonized as a Catholic saint.

He apparently embodied chastity, education and eloquence.

In those days, a bishop could be married with children. Accordingly, St. Pacianus was married and had a son, to whom the famous (in Catholic and academic circles) scholar Saint Jerome dedicated his biographical De Viris Illustribus (On Illustrious Men).

St. Pacianus is probably best remembered, however, for his pithy statement:

Christian is my name; Catholic is my surname.

It’s hard to know if anyone would say that today.

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One thought on “Saint Pacianus – A bishop with wife and child

  1. Hello, My name is myra, and i saw this picture along with the water candle pictures, and i was wondering, how did the artist capture that picture?? i have a photography assignment on water, and wanted to do something similar to this, but i have NO idea how to start, so if you have any ideas as to how i could capture water in mid-air like the candle photo, please E-mail me! Thank you

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